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A beacon of hope

By Paul Dobbyn TO a passer-by it would be a non-descript house in a typical Dutton Park street, but the Romero Centre is much more than that. The centre is a beacon of hope and welcome to the world’s war-displaced, driven to Australia’s shores in search of a more secure life. Community engagement co-ordinator Rebecca Lim, together with the centre’s ... Read More »

Leading children to divine life

This is a homily delivered by Fr Aidan Carvill at St Kevin’s School, Geebung, staff commissioning Mass on January 23 NEMO dat quod not habet. You cannot give what you have not got. As teachers within the Catholic education system of the Archdiocese of Brisbane you are called to give, to give a Catholic education to our children, to make them worthy ... Read More »

What Leo XIII can tell us

By Fr John Flynn LC CATHOLIC social teaching can often be misinterpreted and therefore we need to return to its first principles, Anthony Esolen, author of a recent book on the subject, says. Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching: A Defence of the Church’s True Teachings on Marriage, Family and the State, addresses fundamental issues such as God, human nature and society. ... Read More »

Budget cuts to hurt region

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan is inspired by the testimony of Aceh tsunami survivor Faridah, but fears hopeful stories will become rarer if Federal Government cuts to foreign aid continue. He is also concerned that the ongoing budget cuts will undo decades of good will built up by Australia, which has contributed to stability and ... Read More »

Does religion have a ‘smart-people’ issue?

This is a reflection by Father Robert Barron, founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary, USA. He is the creator of the award-winning documentary series, Catholicism: The New Evangelisation. DANIEL Dennett, one of the “four horsemen” of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves “the brights”, thereby distinguishing ... Read More »

Reflection on United States ‘racial divide’ is personal for Illinois bishop

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IN a 19-page reflection on the “racial divide” in the United States, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, who is African-American, said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes. The episodes “made me very conscious of the fact that simply by being me, I could be the cause of suspicion and concern ... Read More »

Plea for peace


This is a guest post by Chris Ng, a Brisbane Catholic and humanitarian. I WAS recently in Erbil, Kurdistan, helping out as a volunteer in one of the 26 refugees camps cared for by the Catholic Church. I was assigned by Archbishop Basha Warda, a kind and softly spoken man. I do what I can to help, and I fell into the ... Read More »

Studying Pope Francis and Catholic orthodoxy

By Fr Andrew Chase I READ a story the other day entitled “Is Pope Francis steering the Church towards Schism?” A quick Internet search revealed dozens more opinion pieces in the same vein, suggesting that Pope Francis has too little concern for faithfulness to Catholic doctrine. And I found myself wondering: is it just me or is there a little ... Read More »

Did Pope Francis get what he wanted?

SINCE the end of the October 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a “setback” or “loss” for Pope Francis – even a “rebuke” to him. Journalists have pointed to the absence, in the synod’s final report, of an earlier version’s conciliatory language toward people with ways of life contrary to Catholic teaching, ... Read More »

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